Western Seminary

5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215-3367

School Details

Western Seminary is a private not-for-profit four-year Christian institution of higher education, with campuses in Oregon and California.


Visions of the school initiated in 1925, with goals to provide a graduate-level theological institution located in the northwestern region of the United States. Then, in 1927, Western Baptist Theological Seminary officially opened. By the 1940s, the campus began to grow, building a physical campus in Portland, Oregon and continued expanding throughout the twentieth century. Western Seminary added California campuses, and in 1981, Western Seminary introduced a Doctor of Ministry degree, in addition to a distance education program offered via video instruction. Through the years, the institution has continued to evolve, developing a biblical language dual-track learning environment, along with online learning, and non-credit educational experiences.

Western Seminary is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and is a member of the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Seminary incorporates its Christian commitment into its mission statement serving students “as a catalyst and resource for spiritual transformation by providing, with and for the church, advanced training for strategic ministry roles.”


Today, Western Seminary continues to serve students as an evangelical, non-denominational, theological seminary with campus locations in:

  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Jose, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • Online campus

In addition, the college supports the Western Seminary Seattle Teaching Site in Bellevue, Washington. Approximately 950 students are enrolled at Western Seminary, attending from more than 30 states and about 15 different countries. Furthermore, over 30 Christian denominations are represented at Western Seminary.

Western Seminary offers seven master’s degrees, two doctoral programs, a diploma program, four optional certificates, and non-credit classes. Non-credit classes are provided through the Center for Leadership Development.


A number of online options give added flexibility. The Western Seminary online campus allows students to complete the following programs completely online:

  • Master of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Graduate Studies Diploma
  • Graduate Studies Certificate

Hybrid online and on-campus programs include:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies)
  • Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership

Students can also complete the special program, Advanced Studies Certificate, or enroll in individual online courses. Nearly one-quarter to half of on-campus required credits can be completed online. Asynchronous online courses typically integrate video lectures, course materials, and class notes, and students have access to resources, such as databases via the Electronic Library. Support services are available, including student services, online support, advising, and financial aid. The headquarters for the online campus is located at the Western Seminary Portland campus.


Tuition is program specific. The cost of tuition at the master’s level is $510 per credit hour, $175 per audit hour, and $375 per hour for audit coaching classes. Doctorate level tuition is $535 per credit hour for Doctor of Ministry, $560 per credit hour for Doctor of Intercultural Studies, and $185 per hour for audit classes. Final project dissertation courses are $535 per hour for Doctor of Ministry, and $560 per hour for Doctor of Intercultural Studies.

Degree seeking students have a number of financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Institutional need-based aid includes the Western Seminary Grant and President’s Pathway Scholarship. Private and church-sponsored grants and scholarships are also available. Service members may also be eligible for benefits through Veteran’s Affairs, and students may also access Federal Direct Stafford Loans.
Prospective master’s degree students will need to submit the application, application fee, short answer essays, personal references, official transcripts, and other applicable information in relation to specific programs. Doctoral applicants will also need to submit the application and fee, in addition to short answer essays, personal references, official transcripts, an Employer Supportive Endorsement form, and writing samples.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Christian / Undenominational

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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